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Govt Starts Installation Of Oxygen Plant At Mulago

The ministry of health has revealed that they have started installing an oxygen plant at Mulago National Referral Hospital. Oxygen has become the most needed commodity in managing terminally ill COVID19 patients.

“Installation of the new oxygen plant at @MulagoHospital has commenced. The plant is expected to produce 70,000 Ltrs of oxygen per minute in addition to the 2,083 Ltrs produced by the old oxygen plants,” the ministry announced on Twitter.

The ministry recently announced that the country is running short of oxygen as demand due to COVID19 increased. The government then called on well-wishers especially the corporate companies to make donations.

The ministry of health received 20 oxygen concentrators from B’Smart to boost the response to the COVID-19 resurgence

The call received positive reactions as corporate companies have donated but not enough to meet the demand. Today, Friday, the Director of Clinical Services Olaro Charles, on behalf of the ministry received 20 oxygen concentrators from B’Smart to boost the response to the COVID-19 resurgence.

Meanwhile, the ministry in a separate press statement advised Ugandans to desist from administering oxygen to COVID-19 patients within their homes and other ungazetted places.

Police Recovers Stolen Govt Drugs At Nansana Clinic

Uganda Police has revealed that they recovered government drugs at a health facility in Nansana, a town in Wakiso district. They also arrested and detained a nurse at the clinic after a tip-off from members of the Nansana community.

In a press statement issued on Friday, Asp Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy PRO Kampala Metro Police (KMP) said Police at Nansana Thursday carried out an operation at Brocch Medical services, a clinic in Gganda Wakiso district at around 5 pm.

"This operation was as a result of information from locals, who informed the police that trucks had parked at the clinic and drugs were being offloaded and put in other vehicles,” Owoyesigyire said.

Acting on the said information from the community, police led by the OC CID Nansana responded and were able to recover drugs on a parked Tipper vehicle.

Owoyesigyire said the drugs recovered were marked "Joint Medical Stores, Nsambya", "USAID" and  *GOU-Not for sale*.

"Patience Kilenzi, a nurse in the clinic, was arrested and she is detained at Nansana Police Station. We have also impounded motor vehicle UAP 088P as part of the wider investigations continue.” Owoyesigyire added.

Masaka COVID19 Patients Return Into Community Without Treatment

By Abbas Kabonge
 
Hordes of people diagnosed with Covid19 are getting back into the community without treatment because there is no space in health facilities in the district to admit them.
 
The president's representative in the district, Fred Bamwine reveals how sixty people out of one hundred who turn up daily for testing are being diagnosed with the fatal disease.
 
" Majority of the victims go back into the community because the health facilities here are filled up", Bamwine, who is also the district's Covid19 Task Force Committee chairman, aknowledges.
 
The sick people who go back into the community end up mingling with others who get infected in the process.
 
" We sensitize the people to wear face masks. We advise them to observe social distancing. We tell them to wash their hands and or sanitize. Unfortunately, the people are not taking our counsel seriously, " Bamwine notes.
 
Bamwine points how there has been a surge in the numbers of people infected with the disease and counting since the people are not observing the standard operating procedures above.
 
He fears that as more and more people get infected and infect others with  Covid 19 because of their recklessness, they will overwhelm the already overwhelmed health facilities available leading to a worst-case scenario of thousands of sick people.
 
But,  Bamwine is not frustrated. He says he will keep policing the people even if it means flogging the offenders to get the message across.
 
" We aren't done until we are done with imparting cautionary measures to everyone. We shall fight on until we get the message home," Bamwine concludes.
 
 

Covid19: Two Pregnant Women Die As Doctors Decline To Treat Them

By Abbas Kabonge
 
The disturbing lack of protective clothing for health workers in Uganda has led to the death of two women in labor.
 
The two mothers had turned up at one of the rural government health facilities in Mubende for antenatal care when health workers reportedly declined to treat them.
 
The health workers suspected the women to be victims of COVID19 and so feared treating them in absence of protective clothing.
 
A number of eyewitnesses reported how the health workers in Mubende have been shying away from treating suspected COVID19 patients in absence of protective clothing.
 
" They don't touch you if they suspect you to be suffering from COVID19. They say they fear losing their own lives because the government doesn't provide them with protective gears," the locals assert.
 
A number of health workers have lost their lives after being exposed to pandemics while treating patients without protective gears. Such victims include Dr. Mathew Lukwiya who died at the prime age of forty-three while treating Ebola patients at Lakwor hospital in Gulu. He died on December 5, 2000. The Government of Uganda declared him a national hero.
 
The district's health officer, Dr Lawrence Ssemuddu confirmed the death of the two pregnant mothers but gave a contrary version regarding the death of the two women.
 
" One died while she was waiting to take Covid19. test. The other had tested positive for Covid19. She died as we waited for transport to transfer her to Namboole Covid Center for treatment," Dr Ssemuddu states.
 
Dr Ssemuddu had called the country's main Mulago referral hospital to book admission for the one woman who was found to be positive. He was told to try Namboole because there was no space for the deceased.
 
Meanwhile, the LCV chairman for Mubende, Fred Kazibwe Zzimula has fought to fire doctors who refuse to attend to patients citing a lack of protective gear.
 
" I will not accept such fatal negligence on part of the health workers. They must either work or pack up and go home," Zzimula stated on receipt of the news of the death of the two pregnant women.
 
He stopped ranting. He did not say why the district leadership has not been budgeting for the protective clothing for health workers and whether he was going to contact the central government to do the needful.
 
 
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